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Boeing CST-100 Drop Test Video

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Boeing and Bigelow Aerospace CST-100 Drop Test, Delamar Dry Lake Bed, NV

CST-100 is part of the Boeing Commercial Crew Transportation System (CCTS), which will transport people and cargo to the International Space Station (ISS), the Bigelow Aerospace Complex and other low Earth orbit destinations

Boeing Completes Half of Commercial Crew Milestones

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This is an artist concept of The Boeing Company's CST-100 spacecraft atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. (Credit: Boeing)

Artist’s conception of The Boeing Company’s CST-100 spacecraft atop a an Atlas V rocket. (Credit: Boeing)

Boeing’s CST-100 program has completed 10 of its 20 milestones under its commercial crew contract with NASA. The 10 milestones are worth $339 million out of a possible award $480 million.

The two most recently completed milestones include:

Boeing has 10 additional milestones worth $141 million to meet before this funding round ends next August.  Six of the milestones are scheduled for completion by the end of this year.

A full list of the milestones follows the break.  The other companies in the program are SpaceX and Sierra Nevada Corporation.

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NASA Commercial Partner Boeing Tests CST-100 Spacecraft Thrusters

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A thruster glows red during a hot-fire test at NASA’s White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, N.M.,for Boeing’s CST-100 spacecraft orbital maneuvering and attitude control (OMAC) system. (Credit: Boeing)

A thruster glows red during a hot-fire test at NASA’s White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, N.M.,for Boeing’s CST-100 spacecraft orbital maneuvering and attitude control (OMAC) system. (Credit: Boeing)

WASHINGTON, DC (NASA PR) – Boeing’s CST-100 spacecraft is one step closer to liftoff after a gauntlet of test firings of its steering jets at White Sands Space Harbor in Las Cruces, N.M.

Boeing and Aerojet Rocketdyne recently completed the tests, which simulated the demanding environment of space. The tests assessed how the thrusters — which fire with 1,500 pounds of force — will speed up, slow down and move the spacecraft while carrying NASA astronauts in Earth’s orbit.

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Commercial Crew Program Turns the Big 04 With New Video

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Video Caption: NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is four years old and continues to build momentum toward space. After beginning with artist concepts and designs, spacecraft developers now are testing full-size models and taking steps to qualify sub-systems. The agency’s astronauts are practicing launches and landings in simulators to iron out the details in critical software. The Commercial Crew Program’s progress so far is the result of diligent and relentless efforts to reshape America’s human spaceflight program. Spacecraft developed by Commercial Crew Program partners will be the safest, most reliable and cost-effective transportation systems to and from low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station. NASA and the Commercial Crew Program stand on a path leading to launch from American soil in 2017.

Boeing Completes Mission Control Center Interface Test

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This is a fully outfitted test version of The Boeing Company's CST-100 at the company's Houston Product Support Center in Texas. (Credit:  NASA/Robert Markowitz)

This is a fully outfitted test version of The Boeing Company’s CST-100 at the company’s Houston Product Support Center in Texas. (Credit: NASA/Robert Markowitz)

By Rebecca Regan
John F. Kennedy Space Center

For the first time, the Mission Control Center (MCC) at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston has tested communications with a commercial, crew-capable spacecraft, as The Boeing Company conducted an interface test between the MCC and software planned for the company’s CST-100 spacecraft.

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NASA, Commercial Crew Partners Fund Additional Development Milestones

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WASHINGTON (NASA PR) –
NASA announced Thursday it is adding some additional milestones to agreements with three U.S. commercial companies that are developing spaceflight capabilities that could eventually provide launch services to transport NASA astronauts to the International Space Station from U.S. soil.

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A Video Report on Boeing’s CST-100 Spacecraft

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Tech Innovations in Commercial Crew Program Driven by Public-Private Partnerships

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commercial_crew_conceptsBy Steven Siceloff
John F. Kennedy Space Center

The technical innovations required to develop the first fleet of private, American spacecraft capable of reaching orbit are significant for aerospace companies, but the need to fund many of the developments as a public-private partnership demands as much innovation and consideration.

In previous human spaceflight programs, NASA paid for all aspects of development, testing and operations of human-rated spacecraft. The space agency still plays a sizeable part in spacecraft development through its Commercial Crew Program, but partner companies invest financially as well, and have much more freedom to design and manufacture with their own techniques. NASA’s extensive expertise plays a critical role in numerous areas, including crew safety.

“We want to pay an American company for transportation services and return crew launch capabilities to U.S. soil,” said Ed Mango, NASA Commercial Crew Program manager. “This will only be possible if NASA and its partners continue to make this a joint endeavor.”

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Video of Boeing Testing CST-100 for Unscheduled Water Landing

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Video Caption: The Boeing Company evaluated tools, equipment and procedures it could use if the CST-100 spacecraft is required to make a water landing. The testing included a full-scale mockup of the spacecraft floating in a specialized facility operated by Bigelow Aerospace near Las Vegas. The CST-100 is one of three spacecraft under development in partnership with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. The others are the SpaceX Dragon and Sierra Nevada Corporation Dream Chaser.

NASA Astronauts Complete Interior Tests of Boeing’s CST-100 Spacecraft

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by Rebecca Regan
NASA Kennedy Space Center

Two NASA astronauts conducted flight suit evaluations inside a fully outfitted test version of The Boeing Company’s CST-100 spacecraft July 22, the first time the world got a glimpse of the crew capsule’s interior.

“The astronauts always enjoy getting out and looking at the vehicles and sharing their experiences with these commercial providers,” said Kathy Lueders, deputy manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP).

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